Donald Trump’s tweets as president-elect, annotated

One week ago

Donald Trump is selecting his cabinet, taking a victory lap around the country, calling world leaders — and tweeting.

January 2, 2017

9: 40 am: Well, the New Year begins. We will, together, MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!

12: 31 pm: Chicago murder rate is record setting – 4,331 shooting victims with 762 slayings in 2016. If Mayor can’t do it he must ask for Federal help!

SOME CONTEXT: 2016 was the deadliest year in Chicago in virtually two decades. There was more than a 50% increased number of slayings in just one year. Chicago hit 500 homicides before the end of the summer in 2016. In 2015, the city had less than 500 murders total. Here’s a look at how the city got to this point. SOME CONTEXT: Sure, we’ll take this opportunity to promote our volume. It’s great: CNN.com/ book. SOME CONTEXT: Earlier, Putin disposed a recommendation from his government to impose restrictions on the US in reprisal of President Obama’s decision to punish Moscow for its alleged meddling in the US presidential election. Trump instantly pinned this tweet to the top of his profile. SOME CONTEXT: Trump appeared to reverse himself subsequently that day when, responding to a reporter’s topic in Florida, he said the transition was going “very, very smoothly.” He also said he spoke with Obama in what he termed a “nice conversation, ” and later in the day, he said he was get along well with Obama, “aside from a few statements.” SOME CONTEXT: Days before this tweet, a senior Israeli official told CNN that Israel will provide detailed, sensitive information to Trump’s incoming administration about the US role as a covert partner in the UN Security Council resolution denouncing Israel’s settlements in the West Bank. SOME CONTEXT: Obama has blamed his successor, albeit more tacitly. During a historic speech in Pearl harbor alongside Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Obama cautioned against tribalism and isolationism — warnings that, during the campaign, he used to argue against Trump’s candidacy. SOME CONTEXT: Trump said he will dissolve the Trump Foundation as part of efforts to untangle himself of conflicts of interest in the weeks before he is sworn into office. However he’s offered little show into whether he will hires a similar approach to the multi-billion-dollar company he has spent decades building. SOME CONTEXT: Trump sat( and kneeled at times) on Christmas Eve for a two-hour service at the neo-gothic Bethesda-by-the-Sea church in Palm Beach, Florida. He and Melania took communion only past midnight. SOME CONTEXT: Eric Trump decided to halt fundraising activities for his charitable foundation amid fears donors could seek influence with the new administration. SOME CONTEXT: The Israeli government reached out to Trump for help in pressuring the Obama administration to veto a UN Security Council resolution condemn settlement activity, a senior Israeli official told CNN. Publicly, the resolution drew censures from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Trump, who called on the White House to veto it. Having a President-elect weigh in to influence US policy is highly unusual, analysts said. SOME CONTEXT: Trump shared a letter he received from the Russian President, who exhorted the next US president “to take real steps to restore the framework of bilateral cooperation” while offering Trump his “warmest Christmas and New Year greetings.” SOME CONTEXT: “Drain the swamp” was a refrain of Trump during the presidential campaign, but Newt Gingrich said the president-elect “doesn’t want to use it anymore” now that he’s knee-deep in alligators. SOME CONTEXT: The F-3 5 is the Pentagon’s largest single program and is estimated to cost $400 billion to procure the nation’s next generation fighter fleet. For Lockheed, the F-3 5 is its industrial future. Trump’s tweet has threatened to upend Lockheed’s plans just as his tweets aimed at China has rattled Boeing, which is counting on selling planes to Chinese airlines. SOME CONTEXT: The committee for Trump’s inauguration is pushing back on rumors that it is coming up empty in its attempts to attract big stars. The committee has announced three acts: The Radio City Rockettes, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and 16 -year-old “America’s Got Talent” star Jackie Evancho. But there is apparently some discontent even among that small group. SOME CONTEXT: Trump was responding to an interview Bill Clinton dedicated to the Bedford and Pound Ridge Record-Review, a small weekly newspaper near the Clintons’ New York home. Clinton told the paper that Trump “doesn’t know much, ” but that “one thing he does know is how to get angry, white men to vote for him.” SOME CONTEXT: A dozen people were killed in Berlin when a truck barreled through a crowded Christmas market. German officials are investigating the accident as an act of terrorism. SOME CONTEXT: The official Electoral College referendum was on the working day. Trump received 304 electoral referendums to Hillary Clinton’s 227. Seven “faithless” electors voted for other nominees, expensing Trump two referendums and Clinton five. SOME CONTEXT: The Pentagon said the underwater vehicle was an unclassified piece of equipment conducting routine operations. However, Chinese state media said the drone is the “tip of the iceberg” of US military surveillance in the South China Sea. SOME CONTEXT: At this phase, the CIA, the Director of National Intelligence and the FBI agree Russia meddled in the US elections to help Trump. Days after this tweet, senior GOP and Democratic senators appealed for a select committee to investigate CIA findings SOME CONTEXT: Trump has had a decades-long feud with Carter, editor of Vanity Fair. In 1988, Carter described Trump as a “short-fingered vulgarian, ” an insult that still vexes him. SOME CONTEXT: Here’s what he said last year after coming in second place for Person of the Year. SOME CONTEXT: The Obama administration debated for months on how to respond to the Russian hacks they believed were intended to undermine the elections. But they kept arrived here reasons not to: fear of a wider cyber-conflict, an attempt to save talks with Russia over Syria. Also, the administration didn’t want to give Trump reason to cry foul following what they were certain would be a Clinton victory. Now they are working to prepare a range of reactions that Obama could use to retaliate against Russia — responses that Trump would likely be left to answer for. SOME CONTEXT: Trump rolled out the red carpet at Trump Tower for a select group of celebrities, including Bill Gates, Kanye West and football legends Jim Brown and Ray Lewis. Gates devoted a short statement after his meeting, saying the two talked about the “power of innovation” and “how it can help in health, education, impact foreign aid and energy.” West tweeted that he “wanted to meet with Trump today to discuss multicultural issues.” Lewis and Brown came to discuss Brown’s Amer-I-Can program. MORE Context: Trump spent most of his Tuesday meeting with top Silicon Valley executives. Here’s what they talked about. SOME CONTEXT: Rex Tillerson is the CEO of ExxonMobil and was considered a dark horse in the secretary of state race. With this controversial picking, Trump is setting up what is sure to be a heated Senate confirmation battle. Tillerson has no formal foreign policy experience but has built close relationships with many world leaders. Most notably is his tie to Russian President Vladimir Putin. SOME CONTEXT: A growing chorus of powerful voices on Capitol Hill are calling for a bipartisan probe of alleged Russian interference in the 2016 general elections. The American government publicly announced in October that it was “confident” Russia orchestrated the hacking of the Democratic National Committee and other political organisations of the Democratic Party. Earlier this month, the CIA said Russia’s hackers were aimed at helping Trump. MORE CONTEXT: Trump and his transition team have rebuffed concerns about Russian influence in the election, including the CIA’s findings. “These are the same people that told Saddam Hussein had weapons of weapons of mass destruction, ” Trump’s transition team said in a statement. SOME CONTEXT: Trump announced last month that he would hold a December 15 press conference in which he would detail his plan to separate from his businesses. He canceled just days before. Though “hes having” been on a “victory tour” around the US since the election, he has not held a press conference since July. SOME CONTEXT: Trump ended up going with Tillerson as his picking for secretary of state. This was in spite of pushback from both sides of the aisle. REALITY CHECK: Kellyanne Conway later defended Trump’s decision to remain an executive producer on NBC’s “Celebrity Apprentice” even as he takes office, arguing that “presidents have a right to do things in their spare time.” She compared Trump’s producer credit to Obama’s golf outings. SOME CONTEXT: Chuck Jones has been critical of Trump’s claim to have saved hundreds of jobs at the Carrier plant. He said the bargain was a promise “halfway delivered.” Jones was angry when Trump praised Carrier for “keeping 1,100 people” in chores that won’t move to Mexico. The real number is 800. REALITY CHECK: It’s unclear where Trump got the$ 4 billion figure. A Boeing source familiar with the program told CNN that not even the company can estimate the cost of the program at this time, since “the Pentagon has not even decided all the bells and whistles it wants on the new Air Force One.” It currently has an Air Force One contract worth $170 million. REALITY CHECK: It’s a bit more complicated than that. SOME CONTEXT: Carson rejected a previous offer from Trump to be the next secretary of Health and Human services because he felt he was too inexperienced to run a federal agency, according to longtime aide Armstrong Williams. During their primary fight, Trump derided Carson as “super low energy” and delivered sharp attacks on Twitter, questioning his temperament and qualifications for office. SOME CONTEXT: Alec Baldwin had a lot to tell about this. SOME CONTEXT: Trump overruled decades of diplomatic protocol when he am speaking on the phone with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen. The chat marks the first publicly reported call between a US President or President-elect and the leader of Taiwan since Washington established diplomatic relations with Beijing in 1979. China’s foreign ministry afterward lodged a complaint with the United States over the bellow, which 1996 Republican presidential nominee Bob Dole had a hand in organizing. SOME CONTEXT: Trump canceled this meeting on December 13, saying he was busy with the transition. It would have been his first press conference since July. Trump owns or has a position in more than 500 companies. SOME CONTEXT: In instances held before the Supreme court in 1989 and 1990, the human rights of desecrate the American flag was corroborated as a kind of free speech. SOME CONTEXT: This was the evening Trump had dinner with Mitt Romney, who was also reportedly considered for secretary of state. SOME CONTEXT: Trump and Carrier reached a bargain to keep nearly 1,000 mill jobs in Indiana rather than moving a furnace plant to Mexico. The reactions to this deal turned out to be profoundly divided. Turns out the real number was 800 undertakings. To get the higher number, Carrier and Trump are counting 300 administrative and engineering tasks at a different facility in Indianapolis that were never at risk of being shipped to Mexico. SOME CONTEXT: In October, Trump threatened to reverse diplomatic relations with Cuba. SOME CONTEXT: There was talk that Trump was considering Petraeus for secretary of state. Petraeus, once a widely celebrated military leader who oversaw operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, was sentenced on April 23, 2015, to serve two years of probation and pay a $100,000 fine for sharing classified information with his biographer and fan. SOME CONTEXT: This was an attack against CNN for our reporting that Trump’s false voter scam asserts are baseless — which the objective is. SOME CONTEXT: A recount initiated by the Green Party led to this tweetstorm from Trump, reiterating his previous criticism of the effort, taking aim at Clinton. This series of tweets quotes her concession statement.